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Our Beautification Grants help fund projects in the GW area - community gardens, hanging flower baskets, street corner planter projects, garden restoration and more. To see the list of projects we've helped fund, click here.

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Garden Walk Applications

online applicationWould you like your garden to be on this year's Garden Walk Buffalo? Share your garden and show your pride in your neighborhoods and city.

Entry deadline is May 15, 2016.

APPLY ONLINE HERE

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Making Buffalo a great garden destination

Garden Walk Buffalo is a free, self-guided tour of 416 Buffalo gardens, the largest garden tour in America. Held annually on the last weekend of July, in 2016 it will be Saturday and Sunday, July 30 and 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"There are Japanese gardens, English gardens, Russian gardens (i.e., barely controlled wildernesses) and what I would call Buffalo gardens - eclectic, funky mixes in which found objects and exotic-looking surrounding rooftops figure prominently." - Atlantic.com

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Putting Gardens First

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Our mission is to make Buffalo/Niagara a premier garden destination by being a catalyst for beautification, education, tourism, promotion, community-building, healthy living, sustainability, and civic pride.

Gardens Buffalo Niagara is excited to bring you a summer packed with the events that make Buffalo Niagara a leading destination for garden tours—and garden lovers. Gardens Buffalo Niagara hosts and promotes a variety of gardening events throughout the summer including:

Gardens Buffalo Niagara appreciates its partnerships with PLANT WNY, Cornell Cooperative Extension Erie County Master Gardeners, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, AAA/Horizon Club Tours, Visit Buffalo Niagara, and others.

Gardens Buffalo Niagara also appreciates the support of its sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Most of all, we are grateful to the nearly 1,000 gardeners who graciously open their gardens each year for garden tours. They are what make Buffalo a great garden destination. Join us for this year’s spectacular gardening season and enjoy our abundance of outstanding garden walks, tours, and activities.

 
Weekend Walks & Tours

altNearly 1,000 gardens on 17 garden tours. Pretty much any weekend you visit Buffalo in the summer there's a garden tour to visit!

From the start of the season with the Lewiston GardenFest on June 26, to the Black Rock Riverside Tour of Gardens on August 6 there are tours most every weekend, including Garden Walk Buffalo - the largest garden tour in America.

But don't miss the other great tours - there are night tours, market places, historic homes, plant sales, and more. Nearly all walks and tours are free.

Grab a friend or drag a spouse – you're sure to have a good time and be inspired! Visit their links here to find hours, where to pick up maps, and more.

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Tours of Open Gardens

The Tours of Open Gardens offers you more than 70 great gardens in twelve groups throughout Buffalo Niagara, to visit at your leisure, on Thursdays or Fridays for four weeks in July.

Buy an Open Gardens guide and keep it in the glove compartment! It has become the great girlfriends’ or date getaway for some lovely summer days. The gardens are beautiful, there are no crowds, and the gardeners are friendly if you want to ask questions.

We made it easy to plan your day, with a map showing the gardens, and some suggested routes to see them all. Be sure to check the schedule of availability list for each garden. No fees, just fun.

First you'll need our Tours of Open Gardens and Garden Events Guide, available for $5 at the following locations:

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Buffalo-style Garden Art Sale

NEW DATES 

Saturday & Sunday,  June 25 & 26 10am-5pm, both days

NEW LOCATION

Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Ave, Buffalo 

No garden, especially your garden, is complete without some art! Need something special, or handmade, to complete your garden art collection? Be it zany and unique, or cool and subtle, there is something for everyone at this sale.

Plant societies will be exhibiting and answering questions concerning care, maintenance, and propagation. A series of free talks on horticultural topics has been arranged throughout both days.

Here's a list of the vendors – more to be added! If you'd like to be a vendor, visit here.

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East Side Momentum

Saturday, August 13, 9am-1pm

This tour introduces the diverse, often overlooked, individual and community projects that have multiplied in this area of Buffalo. From yarnbombing and the None Like You/We Care community group to Farmer Pirates creating urban farms and ArtFarms placing public art, there’s excitement in the air.

Gardens, parks, and a Buddhist community center garden, round out the series of seven stops on this tour. A project organizer will be at each site to answer questions. Join us to celebrate the individual and community projects that enliven Buffalo’s East Side.

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Sustainability in Action

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The tour will see progressive gardening and farming activities at the community-integrated Massachusetts Avenue Project, PUSH’s 14th-Street Garden, and the Broadway Market Rooftop Garden.

We’ll visit the sites of successful recoveries of land and water resources along our waterfront: Wilkeson Pointe, Mutual Riverfront Park, and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper's RiverBend project.

The tour will also stop at the Urban Habitat Project at the Central Terminal and the BNMC bioretention cell near downtown Buffalo, both of which tackle specific problems with innovative solutions.

These eight prominent sites were chosen for their strong environment-friendly approaches. We’ll hear from the project leader at each site about the impact of the work on a renewed Buffalo.

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Great Garden Travel with Sally Cunningham

Join Sally Cunningham, Buffalo News Garden Columnist and WIVB Channel 4 TV Garden reporter, to experience Great Garden Travel, a division of AAA/Horizon Club Tours, and share in the wonder of gardens in the U.S., Canada, and abroad—and it all starts with Buffalo! For more about the tours, or private tours for your group, visit GreatGardenTravel.com or call 1-800-242-4244. Reservations and tickets can be purchased online. Click on the link to find out more about each tour.

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Every building (and garden) has a story...

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Garden Walk Buffalo has been welcoming garden enthusiasts–from around the country–into gardens since 1995. 2016 marks the second year of collaboration between the Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Garden Walk.

As part of its Building Stories Program, Garden Walk Buffalo visitors will be able to hear select properties’ Building (or Garden) Story.  By scanning the QR Codes on the signage along the tour, visitors will gain an insiders perspective to these amazing and unique spaces.

The stories collected from Garden Walk Buffalo 2015 are available on the Buffalo Architecture Foundation website.

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Garden Education Events

Listed are classes, sales, exhibitions, workshops and presentations to further your knowledge and skills in the gardening realm. Dates and times are subject to change. Please visit the linked websites to find out more for each event.

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